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What role does the environment play in Parkinson's disease?

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It's hard to pinpoint. It's everything that's not your genes, which could mean where you live, what you eat, chemicals you've come into contact with, and more.

It could take years for the effects from something in your environment to show up. So far, doctors have a lot of clues but no smoking gun. For example, you could have people who live or work near chemicals linked to Parkinson's, but many of them don't get it.

From: What Causes Parkinson's Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/14/2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

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